Frequently Asked Questions about eTA Canada

What countries are eligible for an eTA?

At the moment there are 45 countries that can visit Canada without a visa: Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, British citizens, British overseas territory citizens 1, 2, Brunei, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechteinstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, U.S. Permanent Residents.

1. British overseas citizen who is re-admissable to the United Kingdom

2. British overseas territory citizen who derives that citizenship through birth, descent, naturalization or registration in one of the British overseas territories of: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Island, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands.

What are the requirements to travel to Canada under the eTA program?

  • You must be a citizen of a country that is exempt from having to obtain a temporary resident visa.
  • You must have a valid passport.
  • You must have sufficient funds for your stay in Canada.
  • You must convince an immigration officer that you have ties to your home country such a job, studies, property or financial assets that will ensure you return to your country.

What is eTA?

eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is an automated system that allows Canadian authorities to screen passengers before their arrival in Canada and determine the eligibility of visitors to enter Canada and whether such travel involves any security risk.

Why do Canadian authorities require eTA?

Before the establishment of the eTA program the Government of Canada had a limited capacity to screen international visitors.  Citizens of countries that could enter without a visa were not examined until they arrived at their port of entry in Canada. The Canadian authorities allow all travelers or their designated third party to fill out a secured online travel authorization request available on its web site. Once all information and trip details are submitted, the authorities will analyze the information and decide whether the applicant meets the requirements and qualifies for a Canada electronic travel authorization. The system will automatically provide an answer before your travel date. The Airline will verify with the Canadian authorities that an eTA was granted.

As soon as I’m granted an eTA Visa will I be able to enter Canada?

An eTA visa does not guarantee entry to Canada. An eTA visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a Canadian port of entry where an immigration officer authorizes or denies admission to Canada.

How long will my travel authorization be valid?

Your approved eTA lasts for five (5) years from the date of issuance or until the expiration date of your passport, whichever comes first.

Once an eTA is filled out and submitted, Can I modify the information I provided?

Applicants cannot change submitted applications therefore we strongly urge you to pay close attention to the personal and passport information you are submitting.

If my passport information is modified, what should I do?

If your passport information changes (renewal, change in last name, etc.), you need to apply for a new electronic travel authorization.

What do I do if my travel authorization is not approved?

If your eTA Visa is denied, you can still apply for a temporary resident visa at the nearest Canadian visa processing office.

What if I have more than one eTA authorization?

The most recent eTA authorization is the valid one. Please discard the previous one.

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